Event Information:

  • Mon

    [Talk] Meg Jones: Ctrl+Z: The Right to be Forgotten

    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm1014 Tisch Hall, Ann Arbor MI 48109


    Meg Jones from Georgetown University will give a talk, co-sponsored with the STS speaker series, on Feb. 20 (Mon), 4:00pm - 5:30pm in 1014 Tisch Hall. (add to calendar).


    Should people be able to delete or hide personal digital information? When and why? Who should receive digital redemption, under what circumstances? Digital redemption refers to the willingness and means to transform digital public information into private information upon a subject’s request, liberating the individual from discoverable personal information. The legal implementation of digital redemption – the right to be forgotten – is about legally addressing digital information that lingers and threatens to shackle individuals to their past by exposing the information to opaque data processing and online judgment. Developing any right to be forgotten tasks publics and policymakers with sorting through an extraordinary number of circumstances that place many values at stake as controversial issues arise. The three points sorted through in this talk are: 1) that privacy may need to be retroactive – we may not be able to talk about whether someone chose to share something as the crux of a privacy determination; 2) that permanence is a dangerous idea – and when we’re talking about ICTs, always wrong; 3) and that in tackling this vast environment of scenarios and longevity, different legal cultures are coming up with different,  sometimes conflicting, responses that challenge the global web.